This week, we review a little and also study the final topic: How torque is the rate of change of angular momentum, and how they are both vectors, so when torque is perpendicular to angular momentum, torque doesn’t increase or decrease angular momentum. Instead, torque causes the angular momentum to change direction. This is precession.
Monday Be ready to finish your projects. We look at angular momentum as stability.
- See video on Inclined Plane using Only Energy (no kinematics at all!) (3.5 minutes)
- See this short video on Angular Momentum and Figure Skating. Some people are having difficulty viewing this clip. If this is happening to you, then please just use this direct YouTube link.
- See video on how gyroscopes can stabilize boats. This video gets about as many hits as all the rest of my videos combined. See if you can see why.
- Please watch this very short video of something you should never never do. Please ask yourself what happened here and why the one boy was hurt and not the other.
- Please see: Explanation of Veritassium Bullet Problem
- Work on your project #2!
- Finish PS#9 on main class website.
- I posted PS#10, so please have a look!
- I posted your reflections on the main class website… wow, you folks have a lot going on! I can see that many of you are looking forward to break. Please have a look at what’s going on for your colleagues.
- Why must we spin frisbees or footballs to make them fly stable?
- Precession – what is it?
- If you’re interested in more of this kind of learning, please consider taking one of my other classes: Energy, Society, and the Environment (PSc 320, winter quarter), Appropriate Technology Classes (PSc 391 in Fall, PSc 392 Spring – 391 is not a prerequisite for 392)
- Please take this short Survey #9
- Here is a precession video I made recently to explain precession.
- read 7.5 in your text about precession.
- See Veritassium video on how angular momentum provides increased stability against rotation. See if you can apply the explanations from our previous gyroscopic stabilization video.
- Group project is due next weekend, Midnight Saturday night before last week of classes.
- What is precession?
- Assessment #9
- FREE FLU SHOTS at Kennedy library, 10-2, Thursday, tomorrow. Although we already know they are always free for students at the health center!
- Please see Precession by Veritassium that explains things a little differently than I did in our previous video. Please reflect if there is something new to learn. Do we need to see both videos?
- See work on an inclined plane video.
- Please look over these activities on Gyroscope Worksheet. Can you try some of them at home?
- Solutions to PS#9 posted on main class website.
- We will execute these activities on Gyroscope Worksheet (link above).
- What is counter steering on a motorcycle?
Thursday: Why do kids learning how to ride a bike run into things like trees? – countersteering
- Hey, so you saw the video about gyroscopic stabilization. THEN we did our activity. NOW, please see this video about countersteering (a bicycle or motorcycle).
- Read up a little on counter steering on Wikipedia.
- Hey, so having covered precession and gyroscopic stabilization, we’ve completed the conceptual content of the class! OMG, we’re done? The rest of the class is about review and increased examples. So, dig in! Learn what you might be weak on… prepare for the final exam.
- Read 7.6 on two irrelevant equations and trigonometry that you are allowed to use now.
- See Trigonometry Video , now you’re allowed to use trigonometry, but remember you can also always draw a picture if you’re not sure.
- See 1D, 2D Kinematics Video and then you’re allowed to use those two unnecessary (in my opinion) equations, although hopefully, you’ve realized by now that you can get along without them just fine.
- Optional: Here is an old precession video I made a few years ago. It’s long and slow with lousy graphics, but it has well over 3000 views, so some people found it helpful: Pete’s OLD Precession Video .
- finding coefficient of friction
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